Ma's reforms made to placate public: Su
The China PostBy Adam Tyrsett Kuo--Opposition party leader Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday that the administration's reform policies are perfunctory at best, and that the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) Jan. 13 protest is meant to pressure the president into implementing more reform.
January 10, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Su said that since the DPP announced its plan to take to the streets, the government has made certain responses, such as stalling its plan to hike electricity prices, cutting civil servants' year-end bonuses, as well as lowering the cap for the performance bonuses of state-run company employees.
Su dismissed these as perfunctory measures intended to placate the people.
He added that the administration “has even attempted to lead the people into thinking that it is against media monopolization,” referring to the Kuomintang caucus' Tuesday announcement that it supports an amendment to media regulations.
Former Premier Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) said, “There are those who doubt that one event can change anything; however, if the people show their determination, there will be more than one event ... We will continue to increase the (intensity of our demands) according to the administration's response.”
Fellow former Premier Yu Shyi-kun (游錫堃) said, “The crisis that administrative impotence brings is greater than that of corruption. Those who are dissatisfied should stand up and make themselves heard.”
DPP spokesman Lin Chun-hsien (林俊憲) said that the Jan. 13 demonstration will begin at National Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall at 2 p.m., after which DPP heavyweights will lead protesters on a march toward the Presidential Office; a large-scale event will be held in front of the Presidential Office at 5 p.m., and is expected to last until 9:30 p.m.
The Taiwan Solidarity Union (台聯) said yesterday that it will also take part in the DPP's protest.
The DPP estimates that a total of 100,000 people will be participating in the demonstration.
KMT Attempt to Defuse Crisis
Political commentators claim that the KMT has come up with a strategy to defuse the DPP's momentum, adding that the ruling party's legislative caucus has taken a seemingly concessional attitude toward the opposition over the past few days, in an apparent effort to diminish the justification of the planned demonstration.
In support of their argument, commentators point toward the fact that the KMT has recently given the DPP the opportunity to chair Legislature committees on several occasions, and the fact that it conceded to drastically decrease the performance bonuses of state-run firm employees during cross-party negotiations.
In what commentators call a surprise move, the KMT caucus also announced yesterday that it intends to sign a DPP draft to amend media regulations — a move which has been interpreted as being part of the KMT's strategy to downplay the demonstration.